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Hit the road, Jack : essays on the culture of the American road

Slethaug, Gordon. (Added Author). Ford, Stacilee. (Added Author).

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  • OCLC: ocn820835164
  • ISBN: 0773540768
  • ISBN: 9780773540767
  • ISBN: 077354075X
  • ISBN: 9780773540750
  • ISBN: 0773587861
  • ISBN: 9780773587861
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 329 pages)
  • Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: ""Cover""; ""HIT THE ROAD, JACK""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1 Mapping the Trope: A Historical and Cultural Journey""; ""2 Politics, People Moving, and the American Myth of the Road""; ""3 The Road in American Vernacular Music""; ""4 “So That We as a Race Might Have Something Authentic to Travel By�: African-American Automobility and Cold-War Liberalism""; ""5 Witnesses, Wanderers, and Writers: Women on the “Beat� Road""; ""6 Assassin in a Three-Piece Suit: Slow Fire, Minimalism, and the Eighties""
""7 Complicating The Simple Life: Reality Television and the Road""""8 Postmodern Masculinities in Recent Buddy and Solo Road Films""; ""9 Transamerica: Queer Cinema in the Middle of the Road""; ""10 Fools on the American Road: “Gimpel the Fool, � The Frisco Kid, and Forrest Gump""; ""11 Generically Mobile: The Projection of Protocol from the Road Movie to Virtual Reality and Video Games""; ""Notes""; ""Works Cited""; ""Contributors""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""
""V""""w""; ""y""; ""z""
Summary: "All travelers know the seductive power of the open road and its suggestions of possibility, escape, renewal, and reinvention. Hit the Road, Jack is an interdisciplinary exploration of the significance of the road as reality and metaphor. Engaging with varied cultural mediums such as literature, reality television, philosophy, and political rhetoric, this collection delves deeply into the symbolic implications of the road. Insightful and accessible essays draw upon both classic "road" texts and films, while investigating themes of individual and national freedom, independence and mobility, and destiny. Referencing postmodern theory, gender and queer studies, as well as personal reminiscence and narrative research, Hit the Road, Jack considers the impact that identity - particularly race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation - has on the way various journeys are taken. While literary depictions of the road have a long history, scholarship about the phenomenon is sparse. This anthology makes a significant contribution to the study of the road, bringing to light aspects of its iconic status in American culture."--Publisher description.
Subject: Travel -- Social aspects -- United States -- History
Migration, Internal -- Social aspects -- United States -- History
Road films -- United States -- History and criticism
Travelers' writings, American -- History and criticism

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